DW AngolaScavenging Study in Luanda 1997 Final Report

Scavenging Study in Luanda 1997 Final Report

Tuesday, 1 July, 1997
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Informal Economy

In July 1997 Development Workshop carried out a study on scavenging activities in the city of Luanda. The study was performed to gather concrete and accurate information on scavenging activities and to dispel misconceptions. No previous studies of this nature are known. The objective of the study was to identify which items are being scavenged, who is scavenging and under what circumstances, where scavenging is occurring, and what is the life-cycle of the scavenged items. With this information one could a) assess possibilities of reducing the volume of household waste through enhanced removal of the scavenged items; b) create jobs in the informal market; and c) provide information to assess the potential for future project interventions.

The study covered three areas, including:

  • peri-urban - informal dumpsites in the peri-urban area of Luanda;
  • city - container locations in Luanda; and
  • landfill locations - the major landfills of Luanda.

This study formed one of the components of Development Workshop’s pilot project in solid waste (referred to as ANG-466, April 1997-April 1998). The project was active in Luanda’s peri-urban area, specifically in the area of Hoje-Ya-Henda in the municipality of Cazenga. A map of the project areas is presented as Figure 1, Appendix A.